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FLY FISHING By Nick Carter

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ly fishing for bonefish and permit might have originated on the flats of the Bahamas and the Florida Keys, but these islands hardly hold a monopoly on the style of fishing. In the Indian Ocean, about 1,000 miles off the east coast of Africa, there is an archipelago that claims the highest density of bonefish in the world on one of its outer island groups. The Alphonse Group is three small islets on the southwestern end of the Seychelles, a nation of 115 islands in gorgeous tropical waters northeast of Madagascar. Within the Alphonse Group, Alphonse Atoll and St. Francois Atoll offer more 10,000 acres of hard, white-sand bonefish flats as well as a lagoon with channels, finger flats and coral heads where fly fishers sight fish in clear water to more than 60 species of fish. There are characters familiar to Atlantic flats—bonefish and permit—and there are also species exotic to North American fly rodders, like milkfish, colorful triggerfish and seven species of trevally. Instead of tarpon, the Seychelles offer up the giant trevally, which can weigh in excess of 120 pounds. And with a 10-minute boat ride out of Alphonse Island, anglers can access reef species and big pelagics like sailfish, wahoo, dorado, dogtooth and yellowfin tuna. Either trolling or teasing them up and casting flies to them, these offshore species offer a delightful break from the flats as well as a dinnertime treat on the island. “The Seychelles has become known as the best giant trevally fishery in the world and has become the benchmark for anglers searching for an outstanding saltwater flats fishing experience,” said Keith RoseInnes, managing director of Alphonse Fishing Company. “The sheer numbers and variety of fish species has amazed the fly fishing world, with anglers from across the globe queuing up to sample this ultimate fishing playground.” St. Francois is most well known for its bonefish, with ridiculous

numbers of 4to 6-pound fish and the occasional 8-pounder in the mix. “On falling tides, it is often the case that huge shoals of bonefish can be targeted when leaving the flats in what has been described as a continuous river of bonefish,” said Rose-Innes. “You hunt them on foot and not from a skiff, as the sand flats are hard and white.” It’s also as close to a sure thing as it gets for anglers seeking the Holy Grail of saltwater fly fishing. Good numbers of Indo-Pacific permit populate the flats, and Rose-Innes said his guides have near-perfected the art of catching them. Along with natural environs conducive to awesome fishing, a strong conservation ethic ensures an incredible angling experience. Alphonse Fishing Company tightly controls the amount and type of fishing pressure its waters see, and the fisheries are completely closed a minimum of three months per year. That’s the fishing side of the conservation effort. Alphonse also protects the unique flora and fauna of the islands, which makes for a sensational overall vacation experience, with comfortable lodging among beautiful tropical forests and beaches. For more information, see www.alphonsefishingco.com.

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Craig Sutton with a Costa Rica yellowfin.

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ost people my age buy a house in Costa Rica to retire,” said Craig Sutton, of Nosara Paradise Rentals and FishingNosara. “When I bought my first house in Costa Rica, my life was just starting to get interesting.” Craig first discovered Nosara, Costa Rica on a surfing trip in the late 1990s and immediately fell in love with the people, the culture and the year-round excellent surfing. He purchased a small house near Guiones Beach, bought out his neighbors’ land, and spent the next 15 years building a nature preserve campus of 14 houses plus a pool, common areas and maintenance facilities. One thing was missing from this surfer’s paradise: good fishing. As a native Floridian, Craig’s passion for fishing runs deep. He has been a regular on the kingfish tournament scene for years, with his boat Fishtastic posting top-5 finishes in the several tournaments.

“The problem with fishing in Costa Rica is that fish are so big and so harsh that they will destroy your tackle, plus the costs for fuel is astronomical at $7 a gallon and rising,” said Sutton. “Captains trying to make ends meet would have to choose between new lines, new tackle and a full tank of gas, or putting food on the family table.” After years of struggling to find a captain in Costa Rica who was willing and able to fish aggressively, Sutton realized his only option was to build his own boats and crew them with hand-picked locals. “These guys had the drive and the talent to be great fishermen, they just lacked the tools and the logistical support,” said Sutton. “The team-centered approach allows FishingNosara captains to pursue the fish as aggressively as a professional tournament boat without being distracted by losing lures or running up the gas bill.” FishingNosara launched their first boat, The Wanderer, in 2009 and have added a boat every year since. The results have been astounding. In the 2017 season, the five-boat FishingNosara team ran over 730 trips with over 80 marlin releases and 800 sailfish releases. More importantly, the team inflicted zero billfish fatalities. “Reviving and releasing billfish is a sacred priority to us as conservationists, plus it makes good business sense,” said Sutton. “We have created a market of charter fishermen, which means billfish are worth more money alive and swimming than they are on a scale at the meat market.” As for retirement for Sutton, don’t bet on it anytime soon. Last April he scored a billfish grand slam (blue marlin, striped marlin and sailfish) to win the Ship of Fools Billfish Tournament in Costa Rica. Sutton is looking to up-the-ante again in 2018. Back in the States, a new version of the Fishtastic came online this year. It’s an exact copy of the 32’ Eduardono Harvester currently in Nosara, and Sutton is already amped up for a new challenge. “My goal with the new boat is to snag a tournament winning king mackeral in July then go catch marlin in August… seems like a good way to bring two worlds together.”

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urrells Inlet, S.C. has always been a fishing town. Long before Myrtle Beach and the Grand Strand began drawing tourists to experience the beaches, shopping, golf and nightlife that have made it famous, Murrells Inlet was a fishing village. And it’s no wonder. The inlet itself is an inshore angler’s dream. It’s an enclosed system, one of very few inlets on the east coast free from the influence of the Intracoastal Waterway or coastal rivers.

There’s no dirty water flowing in from upstream, and this system of marshes and backwaters is a completely saltwater environment, with no freshwater pumping in to reduce salinity. The result is excellent fishing and exploration of backwater creeks for speckled trout, redfish and the doormat flounder that Murrells Inlet has gained a reputation for. Another thing the area has a well-earned reputation for is huge red drum, which hang out around the jetties to provide anglers with the bulldog runs only a big bull red can provide. It’s some of the best red fishing on the east coast, with fish in the 20- to 40-pound range arriving in numbers in both spring and fall. For those who don’t mind a short boat ride to fill the cooler,

there are numerous nearshore reefs that can be easily accessed with a half-day trip and a run of less than 5 miles. Mackerel, sharks, black sea bass, reds, flounder, bluefish, spadefish and more make for an exciting outing even for the family, and you’ll come back with a cooler full of delicious fish. Out to 15 or 30 miles, there is also excellent trolling for king and Spanish mackerel, cobia and amberjack, as well as bottom fishing for snappers, groupers and sea bass. But those who want to get serious should look into a full-day trip to the Gulf Stream. From 55 to 70 miles offshore, opportunities for tuna, dolphin, wahoo, marlin and sailfish abound. Trolling the Gulf Stream for big-game species off the lower end of the Grand Strand is tough to beat anywhere. So… it’s easy to see why Murrells Inlet has always been a fishing village, and perhaps the best way to experience it is from a base camp at the Inlet Sports Lodge. Located at the heart of Murrells Inlet, the Inlet Sports Lodge is a comfortable and classy boutique hotel that caters to anglers and golfers with the finest amenities in the area. It’s minutes away from three marinas, works closely with the area’s best charter captains and can accommodate boats up to 25 feet. There’s a fish cleaning room for prep, as well as gas and charcoal grills available in the courtyard to cook your catch. Or, for those who’d rather let someone else do the cooking, the COSTA Coastal Kitchen and Bar on-site offers up fine, fresh Italian and seafood fare. There are also several other restaurants nearby that prepare the kind of delicious right-out-of-the-water dishes that have made Murrells Inlet the “Seafood Capital of South Carolina.” And don’t forget the golf. If days on the water paired with days on the links sounds like the perfect way to relax, the Inlet Sports Lodge has you covered. With golf packages booking a wide variety of the Grand Strand’s famous courses, there’s more golf than you can swing a stick at, including two award-winning courses with the same ownership as the Inlet Sports Lodge. Caledonia Golf & Fish Club and True Blue Plantation are two of the finest courses in the area as well as the nation. For more information on fishing, golfing and the Inlet Sports Lodge at Murrells Inlet, S.C., go to www.inletsportslodge.com/ or call 877-585-9360.

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he South Atlantic Fishery Management Council (SAC) recently issued a news release stating that they have approved a request to NOAA Fisheries that would allow fishermen access to red snapper in federal waters off the coast of the Carolinas, Georgia and the east coast of Florida. The Council is requesting that NOAA Fisheries allow an interim annual catch limit (recreational and commercial) of 42,510 fish for 2017 via an emergency rule. The annual catch limit would allow for a recreational mini-season with six to 12 days of fishing over a few weekends beginning in late October. The recreational bag limit would be 1 fish per person/day with no minimum size limit. The recreational sector is allocated 71.93 percent of the total catch limit of 42,510 fish for 2017. The Council also approved measures in Amendment 43 to the Snapper Grouper Fishery Management Plan with

the intent to have a red snapper season in 2018. If allowed, the recreational fishery would open the second Friday in July (July 13, 2018) and the commercial fishery the second Monday in July (July 9, 2018). SEDAR 41 is 805 pages and contains all the information on how the South Atlantic Council arrives at the numbers of fish that fishermen are allowed to catch. During the last season in 2014, biology tables were set up at the boat ramps to assess the red snapper stock. We fished in this last season and believed that the council was interested in how many older, breeding red snapper were available. We noted that the only fish that were making it to the biology table were the older, large fish and no one brought in the smaller red snapper to be assessed. As a result of this, there was a spike in the number of older fish being included in the council’s data. They assumed that fishermen had been discarding the smaller red snapper, allowing them to become dead discards, to catch the larger snapper. The council believed that the dead discards were greater than the allocated number of red snapper to be caught and therefore closed red snapper harvest for 2015 and 2016. During the 2017 season there will also be biology tables to assess our catch. Please be responsible fishermen and report all your catches, large and small, and also the ones you released. Private recreational fishermen will also have an opportunity to report their catch information as part of a voluntary pilot project using the mobile iAngler tournament app. Dr. Duval, of the SAC, is recommending practices such as moving off areas when you have caught your limit and if you need to release fish to use a descending device. Washington state, Oregon and California recently mandated fish descending devices for all bottom fishing. California reopened rock fish harvest after a study using descending devices showed that mortality was significantly reduced when using a descending device. There are several other states currently looking at mandating fish descending devices. There are many fish descending devices on the market. A good one is the Fish Saver by Roy’s Electric Reels. For more information, go to Fishsaverdevice.com.

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orld-class sportfishing and the sexy big-game species get a lot of attention on Costa Rica’s Pacific coast, and for good reason. However, the inshore fishing can be just exciting. It is action-packed and diverse, utilizing different techniques to target more than a dozen different species. The main target of inshore anglers in Costa Rica is the hard-hitting and powerful roosterfish. They will smash artificials, and even topwater plugs, but the easiest way to catch them is with live bait. We bridle a live runner, sardine, lookdown or even a skipjack tuna on a 9/0 Trokar circle hook. Slow trolling around rocky structure or along beaches is a surefire way to draw strikes. Once hooked, the average 20-pound rooster is as ferocious as it is beautiful, and these beasts can get a whole lot bigger than average. We very often encounter fish in the jack family, including jack crevalle and different species of trevally in many of the same areas as the roosterfish. These can also be caught on live bait but are even more responsive than roosterfish to topwater baits such as poppers and stick baits. The lures are rigged with one or two in-line hooks from Lazer Sharp. We replace the factory treble hooks, which makes the fight much cleaner, the fish handling safer and does a lot less damage to the fish. These are fast fish, and quick retrieves often get the fish’s attention. Topwater does also work for smaller roosterfish, but the larger ones are harder to lure to the surface. Not so for the snappers, including cubera snapper, which will rise from 100 feet to smash a well-worked popper. This is one of the ultimate challenges in inshore fishing. They dive right back down to the rocks, often leaving the angler with a cut leader. Heavy popping gear, with 80- to 100-lb. line is necessary for the big ones. We have put 44 pounds of drag on big cuberas, and they keep going like there is no drag at all! Jigging is also a popular and fun technique we use a lot. Jacks,

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The satellite tags used in this study report a shark’s location every time the dorsal fin breaks the surface of the water. Because tiger sharks spend less time on the surface than other species, the battery in their tags tends to last longer than other tagged sharks, including makos. “We have had satellite tagged mako sharks go on some very impressive treks around the Atlantic, but the batteries in those tags tend to run out after a year or two since makos go to the surface and report very frequently,” said GHRI Director and NSU Professor Mahmood Shivji, Ph.D. “Tiger sharks report less often, but in return have provided the longest time and distance tracks—and Andy is the new distance champion.” Named after the angler who caught the shark for tagging, Andy has continued to add to the knowledge base of these wide-ranging animals and is still reporting from far out in the Atlantic, near the mid-Atlantic Ridge. Andy and all GHRI tagged sharks can be followed online in near real-time at www.GHRItracking.org. “To have a shark report for such a long time is providing invaluable data for researchers,” said world renowned artist and Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation (GHOF) Chairman Guy Harvey, Ph.D. “Knowing where these animals travel year after year allows us to see annual patterns and migration routes. This knowledge is fundamental to managing the species.” The GHRI’s western North Atlantic Ocean tiger shark study has shown definitive, seasonal migration paths of tiger sharks between Bermuda and the Bahamas. These findings, along with input from the Bahamas National Trust and Pew Charitable Trusts, were integral to proving the value of Bahamian waters to Atlantic tiger shark populations and compelled the Government of the Bahamas in 2011 to declare their federal waters a shark sanctuary, prohibiting the commercial harvesting of sharks.

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PRIME TIME’ FISHING IN SW FLORIDA by Capt. Terry Fisher his November may offer T some of the better fishing opportunities of the calendar

year for a number of species. However, surface and water temperatures will dictate the arrival and departure of a number of them. It is my thought that this year may be as good as I remember, in as much as Hurricane Irma (‘Irma’) has created dramatic changes in regards to water levels for inshore fishing, maybe delaying the departure of spawning redfish. On the other hand, it may in some ways, bring an early start to migratory species such as Spanish mackerel and pompano. There was very little fishing pressure during the latter part of September and the early part of October, due in part, to clean up efforts from ‘Irma’. ‘Dirty’ water remained in our area throughout the better part of early October. Additionally, ‘Irma’s’ winds, heavy currents and rains re-arranged some of the habitats utilized by snook, redfish and seatrout, to name a few. I know from experience that creek mouths and all of Pine Island Sound experienced excessive amounts of fresh water ‘run-off ’ to the extent that virtually eliminated all salt content. Area’s around the mouth of the Caloosahatchee River, including Matlacha Pass were inundated with fresh water releases from Lake O.

lifetime’! My suggestions for targeting fish by species are as follows: 1) Look for redfish on the incoming tide around oyster beds, bars and under mangroves. 2) Look for snook on the outgoing tides under docks, close to seawalls, at the points of islands and sandbars, under mangroves and in the passes. (snook season is open until December 1st). 3) Look for Spanish mackerel on the flats, in Pine Island Sound, Charlotte Harbor and in passes along the drop offs. 4) Look for seatrout on the grass flats in about 3 to 6 foot of water. 5) Look for mangrove snapper under docks and under the mangroves (must use circle hooks for these fish). ‘Irma’ should offer new opportunities establishing new ‘haunts’ for fish to occupy. I am looking forward to the challenge and the opportunities that this November offers in SW Florida.

The Annual Ft. Myers Boat Show will be held November 16th19th, downtown on the Caloosahatchee, in the heart of the ‘River District’. It is my 5th year doing the show. I will have a booth to showcase some of our It was apparent during my clients with their ‘fish late September and early of a lifetime’. My 1st October charters, that it was Mate Vicki and I will ‘Irma’ displacing and causing be on-hand to discuss redfish, snook, grouper charters and answer (normally offshore species) to any questions regarding temporarily (or permanently) boating and fishing. I will relocate to different areas be doing fishing seminars for food and protection. throughout the convention at the ‘Fishin’ Village’ as well. Examples: no redfish in These seminars will feature the species written about above or around creek mouths. I along with the techniques I use to catch them. Vicki and I caught large gag grouper are looking forward to seeing our charter friends and new inshore, under and around docks that usually hold mangrove clients at the boat show! snapper, snook, redfish and black drum. The seatrout bite was inconsistent and slow. Spanish mackerel showed up in good numbers, but most were found and caught offshore. This is Captain Terry Fisher of Fish Face Charters wishing everyone ‘tighter’ The good news is that any positive (or negative) residuals from ‘Irma’ should be apparent throughout the month of November. Baitfish should be plentiful for cast-netting, big shrimps are available at the bait shops. Artificial presentations will see plenty of action from snook, redfish, seatrout, ladyfish and Spanish mackerel. Warm weather and good tides will allow anglers a chance to make this November the month to ‘catch a fish of a

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without a hook check to see if it was cut by a fish or something else. If your leader has little curly-qs then you can be certain it was a toothy critter, probably a Spanish mackerel or shark. The schools of redfish should be cruising Pine Island Sound all month. Towards the end of the month they will start breaking up and returning to their smaller groups. Once again shrimp or by Capt. Sam O’Briant cut bait will be most effective. The f you have just come back for the winter, things have changed snook will be in transition from their summer quarters to their winter since you were here last year. You may find that some sand haunts. You will start to find them bars have moved or shifted. Your entrances into the mangrove up the creeks and rivers as the end shorelines may have changed. You may find that some of the mangroves have been wiped out or blown into the water. It will of the month nears. They may be looking for food with the approach take years for these trees to totally return. of winter. If snook are your prey of Another problem we need to work around is all the choice this month, either minnows freshwater that has entered the estuary. There was a heavy rain event one weekend followed by Irma the next weekend. Then on of artificial lures should be your bait of choice. You should still drift the top of all that the Corp of Engineers have been releasing water from Lake Okeechobee. There was so much freshwater that the shorelines and pot holes if able. fish were pushed offshore. By now hopefully we have recovered Everybody’s favorite, whether you want to admit it or not are and salted up the water again so the fish have again returned speckled trout. They are pretty, good home. eating, and the larger ones can put The last thing that will affect our fishing this month are up a good tussle on light tackle. As the passing cold fronts. Depending on the differential in always, they will be found on the temperatures, the fish could go on a hunger strike for a day grass flats and around the mangroves. The larger gator trout will or two after the front passes. If there is only a couple degrees difference then you probably will not experience any noticeable be caught on minnows while medium to small ones will readily take shrimp. If kids are involved, use shrimp and watch their change. eyes light up. Now with all these things facing us what might we expect This is a transition month, next month we can expect the this month? The schools of king mackerel, cobia, little tunny, and others will continue their southern trek. We will find more winter habits to take over. So, until then have fun and enjoy Spanish mackerel around the passes and throughout Pine Island while keeping the kids engaged. Capt. Sam is a local licensed guide for hire who may be reached at 239-994-1495 Sound. They will be hit or miss but if your line comes back or captainobriant@gmail.com

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Juvenile Tarpon by Capt. James Marko I get the luxury of targeting a lot of species with my business but without a doubt my favorite fish to target with light tackle is Juvenile Tarpon. In this article, I hope to give you some tips that will increase your hook-ups. When targeting tarpon anywhere from 5 to 60 pounds, you gotta down size your mono leader to anywhere from 10lb and at the most 30lb. I’m a fan of the Fishtale Fluorocarbon 30lb, not the most expensive and still gets the job done. If you’re using live bait, nothing beats white bait, but these guys will eat anything from pinfish to finger mullet. If you’re using lures I’m a fan of the Savage Gear mud minnow top water hard bait. I prefer white, but the mullet pattern has worked great as well. So now that you got your bait and line figured out now it’s time to find these guys. Canal systems are great spots for juvenile tarpon.

Look for slick water and wait. You’re looking for a subtle role, a small black dorsal and a flash of silver. Be patient and figure out their role pattern. Generally, there’s never one by itself, so try to discern a pattern, are they rolling in a circle? Are they feeding along the sea wall? Once you have this figured out, position your bait in the most likely directions they’re going. I generally watch anywhere from 10-30 mins. Patience will pay off for you if you figure out their pattern. Now if you have the luxury of a full bait-well, chum some white bait in the general direction of the tarpon rolls and wait for the blows ups. Here’s a tip, stun the bait that you’re chumming with. You want the baitfish to freak out on the surface to see/hear the blow up on the bait. When they blow up, throw your bait in the area and hope for a hook up. Now here’s the hardest part once you’re hooked up, DON’T YANK when the fish breaches the surface. You have to point to relieve the tension so the fish won’t break you off. They’ll jump anywhere from 3-5 times and if fought correctly the fish will be ready to land after 10-15 mins. When targeting these guys, you can use anywhere from 2000-4000 series with 10-30lb braid. So basically, most of your light tackle can catch an amazing sportfish that people pay thousands to fish for with the hope of hooking into one. We’re blessed to live in a state with such an amazing fishery. In my experience, I’ve learned patience and constantly trying to learn about fishing is what sets you apart from the weekend warrior to a season vet. Don’t be afraid to explore new areas or new locations or even new boat ramps. You never know what new fishing luxury is around the corner. Remember to follow us on Instagram @captjamesmarko & FB https://www. facebook.com/james.markovits?fref=search for our daily catches. Check out our website as well at www.Goliathfishing.com for trip information and contact information.

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Memories by Capt. Bart Marx ello fellow anglers, it is Turkey month once again, yup the H time of year to be thankful. I am thankful that my family brought me here as an infant nine months old in 1959 in the

month of November. I learned to fish and walk here. This also brings to mind gag grouper. They have changed the harvesting rules over the years. It is now open till the first of the year at least. We would get up on Thanksgiving morning and go trolling for grouper. Yes, Bruce & Kellie you can troll for grouper. Gags are aggressive enough w/ 18â&#x20AC;? red to come off the bottom fifteen to twenty feet sometimes. On your GPS where you have caught these guys before, troll a deep diving lure X Rap, or stretch lures, or something similar. Close to shore, artificial reefs and hard bottom work well out to the fifty-foot range. As you troll you can use spoons and planers for king mackerel too. These toothy critters will hang in the same areas as the grouper around structure where there is plenty of food/bait. With the kings you need to put some wire on your lures, at least a foot of thirty pound. If you are just starting this trolling thing you could also use the stone crab trap buoys as a place to troll. Yes they try to place their traps in areas where there is hard bottom- this will help you to navigate these structures so you do not hook them. As you troll keep an eye on your bottom machine and mark you some new spots to go back later and do a bottom drop. These are things that we do and are thankful we live here and get to play here. Inshore there should be plenty of reds to be thankful for. These guys should be along the edges of the mangrove and close to the mouths of creeks looking for food. This is the month that the shrimp start to come into the brackish waters to live for the winter, so this makes for shrimp to be Capt. Bart the top bait this time with a nice Red! of year. The reds love shrimp! This too is great trout fishing time along the grass flats and bars with a live shrimp under a popping cork. This method to harvest trout works very well. They named the popping cork that name for a reason you need to pop it for it to work well. Also with this method, you may encounter a pompano! Yes, shrimp are here from Thanksgiving till Easter and are a great bait. If you would like to go along with Capt. Bart Marx give me a call or e-mail captbart@alphaomegacharters.com Singing drags and tight lines make me smile. <*(((((>{

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s ‘First Mate’ and co-owner of our fishing charter business I have had many opportunities to enjoy both the art, and fun, of fishing aboard our vessel. Years ago when my children were small I would spend hours along the shoreline at Lake of the Ozarks in Missouri helping them catch the small blue gill that were available giving them hours of enjoyment and allowing me the opportunity to spend quality time and making memories that will last a lifetime! After moving to Florida and my love for the water I purchased a pair of waders and my first official rod/reel and headed out to the shoreline to see what was available. Little did I realize the large variety of species that I would encounter so close to shore. My first afternoon working the moving tide I caught many sea trout as well as a redfish! Needless to say, I was once again ‘hooked on fishing’. With little knowledge of what would work and not work, I went on a shopping trip to my local tackle shop and bought myself a few lures, a pair of pliers with a line cutting tool on the side, a floating shrimp bucket and some 30lb. test fluorocarbon line. I was ready for my next day at the beach! My next adventure was just as productive and adding ladyfish and flounder to my list of species caught. Ten years later, I hold the family record for size of many species caught! I love spending time with my husband aboard our vessel fishing and enjoying the beautiful waters here in SW Florida. As a full time, professional fishing guide, he knows where to put me on the fish and I love the excitement of reeling them in! I love an adventure and each day on the water exploring the backcountry of Pine Island Sound is exciting. One never knows what you may catch when your presentation is ‘spot on’. A day on or by the water is relaxing, rejuvenating, and full of adventure! Ladies… let’s go fishing!

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The simple roof rack with straps is probably the most common, but you must be able to lift your kayak up over your head or get help. There are some very good roof rack systems that act like cradles for your boat, typically these stow your kayak seat up or on edge, but remember if it is a sit-inside kayak, you may want a cockpit cover as you don’t want to fill it up with rain water! Some of these can be loaded from the back so you simply lift the bow up to the back rail to lift and push the boat into place. The new lift assist rack systems for cars and SUV’s is the most convenient to help you load. The primary function is to lower or raise the pivoting cradle with your kayak from the stored location on your vehicle to the side so that it is waist high, from here it’s a simple matter of lifting on and off. Remember these are lift assist systems that carry about half the weight, so you still need to be able to lift some weight. If you drive a truck it seems simple enough to drop the tailgate and load up, but remember to place a red flag off the end as some kayaks are quite long and some truck beds are very short. There are also the new t-bone style bed extenders that simply plug into your trailer hitch to help carry the back end of the boat. As you may know, the new Sit-On-Top kayaks dedicated to fishing come with an array of gear options and once outfitted these kayaks can weigh up to one hundred pounds or more. These kayaks are more and more peddle drive, as its easier to peddle this much weight and they are wider than conventional kayaks for standing stability. Kayak trailers are a great option for these rigs and may be your only choice, of course any vehicle with a trailer hitch can pull these. Companies are designing and building these dedicated trailers with additional storage for gear including rod lockers and additional lock boxes. Many launches are unimproved without ramps, but usually pretty good access, so that you can pull you kayak and trailer close to the water. All in all, kayak fishing has some distinct advantages over boat fishing; it is less expensive, as it requires no motor or gas and often there is no fee to launch! Do some homework, visit or rent from an outfitter so you really understand what it takes to handle and transport you new kayak! It’s a wild world-get out there! Fishman Dan

It’s a wild world-get out there? Fishman Dan, Gulf Coast Kayak, 4120 Pine Island Rd NW, Matlacha, FL 33993, (239) 283-1125

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Big Hickory Island Preserve by Mike Hammond remote, uncrowded beaches Fbestinding like Big Hickory Island Preserve is the thing about being a local paddler in

Southwest Florida. I often suggest this location to families who want to paddle beach areas, but avoid the open Gulf waters. Paddlers can easily access the preserve from two launch sites in the preserve and remain in the backwaters. Both launches have free parking. One launch is located on the northwest tip of the island. There is convenient parking nearby, at the base of the New Pass Bridge. If you launch from here, paddle southwest, keeping the mangroves to your left. You will enter a small inlet leading to the backside of the preserve’s beach. Do not paddle out into New Pass unless you are an experienced paddler and have taken proper safety precautions. A large amount of water flows through this pass and the current can be very strong and fast.

Another popular launch is farther south on the island, directly across from the Bonita Springs water tower. The paddle from this launch to the beach is a little longer, but I have gone with kids as young as six, in kayaks and on standup paddleboards, who were able to make the paddle without issue. I recommend this launch to novices and families since you can paddle a bit further without the possibility of the wind or currents pushing you into the pass. When I paddle here with my kids, they like to go back and forth from fishing and cast-netting in the backwater to snorkeling, shelling, swimming, and more fishing off the beach. You can only access this beach by water, so shelling is usually more productive than at other beaches nearby. Big Hickory Island Preserve is a great paddling destination for everyone. Free, no hassle parking, a relaxing paddle, and an uncrowded beautiful beach. We can’t ask for much more than that.

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in the market, the show and the Southwest Florida Marine Industries Association have made a substantial investment in floating docks & equipment which make for more impressive in water displays at the City Yacht Basin. In addition to boats, you will find the largest display of accessory items and marine services of any Boat Show on Florida’s west coast including electronic equipment, motors, boat lifts, docks, clothing and more. Fishing continues to be a highlight of this year’s show. Well know from National Geographic’s “Wicked Tuna” Paul Hebert, captain of the “Wicked Pissah” will be in attendance Friday, Saturday and Sunday to meet and greet show guests at the Maui Jim booth. Fishin’ Frank and his crew continue to make a splash with an expanded “Fishin’ Frank’s Fishin Village” under the Heitman Bridge. Highlights include tackle displays with factory representatives on hand, a seminar area with local charter captains, show specials with factory pricing, and Frank’s popular fishing simulator giving guests a chance to catch anything from a Largemouth Bass to a Marlin. The Fort Myers Boat Show runs Thursday, Nov. 16th through Sunday, Nov. 19th. Hours are Thursday, Friday, Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $12 per person, and children younger than 16 are free with a paid adult admission. Parking is just $5 in the grass lot at First Downtown Fort Myers makes a splash with the 45th anniversary St. & Altamont Ave. (next to Publix) and includes a short trolley of the Ft. Myers Boat Show on the Caloosahatchee, in the heart ride to the entrance. of the “River District.” Southwest Florida’s Premier Boating Showcase, is set for Nov. 16th-19, 2017 running Thursday through Sunday. With a booming marine industry along with redevelopment in the downtown area, the show’s redesigned and expanded layout features more boats, products, and services than ever. As Mainsail Lodging & Development renovates the Harborside Event Center and builds an adjoining hotel, the show’s entrance has shifted to the west end of Centennial Park. Entering at First St. & Carson St. (next to Joe’s Crab Shack), show goers enjoy attractive displays along the river stretching from Centennial Park through Downtown along Edwards Dr. to the City Yacht Basin. With plenty of accessible parking in the large grass lot at First St. & Altamont Ave. (next to Publix), the show is very consumer and family friendly. Southwest Florida features a wide array of waters from back country flats, bays, rivers, and estuaries to the Gulf of Mexico. With such a diverse boating market, there are a variety of boat types on display including jet skis, skiffs, bay boats, flats boats, center consoles, pontoon boats, deck boats, cruising boats, sport fishers, and more. To accommodate an increasing demand

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5 4 BOAT SHOW ANNUAL

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(First St. & Carson St. - Next to Joe’s Crab Shack)

$5 Parking with Trolley Service

(First St. & Altamont Ave. - Grass lot Next to Publix)

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Hundreds of Rods, Reels & Lures Demonstrations - Seminars

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3771 Palm Beach Blvd. Ft. Myers, FL (239) 694-2185

MATLACHA Matlacha Pass Tides - Nov/2017

FORT MYERS

fishfacecharters@yahoo.com 239-357-6829

Fort Myers Tides - Nov/2017 26째38'N 82째4'W

HIGH

DATE

LOW

AM

ft

PM

ft

AM

ft

PM

ft

RISE

SET

1

Wed

1:14

1.8

1:42

1.7

8:16

0.5

8:21

0.6

7:37

6:46

2

Thu

1:37

1.9

2:35

1.7

8:58

0.3

8:54

0.7

7:37

6:45

3

Fri

2:01

2.0

3:27

1.7

9:40

0.1

9:24

0.8

7:38

6:45

4

Sat

2:28

2.1

4:20

1.6

10:24

-0.1

9:54

1.0

7:39

6:44

5

Sun

1:58

2.2

4:16

1.5

10:10

-0.2

9:22

1.1

7:40

6:43

6

Mon

2:33

2.3

5:19

1.4

11:01

-0.3

9:51

1.2

6:40

5:43

7

Tue

3:12

2.3

6:34

1.3

11:57

-0.2

10:23

1.2

6:41

5:42

8

Wed

3:58

2.2

8:07

1.3

12:59 11:06

-0.2 1.3

6:42

5:42

9 10

Thu Fri

4:52 6:04

2.1 9:34 1.9 10:22

1.3 1.4

12:34

1.3

2:06 3:16

-0.0 0.1

6:42 6:43

5:41 5:41

Sat

7:46

1.7

10:55

1.5

2:51

1.2

4:21

0.2

6:44

5:40

11

MOON

26째39'N 81째52'W

HIGH

DATE

LOW

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ft

PM

ft

AM

ft

PM

ft

RISE

SET

9:11

0.3

9:16

0.3

7:36

6:45

1

Wed

2:27

1.2

2:55

1.2

2

Thu

2:50

1.3

3:48

1.2

0.1

9:49

0.3

7:37

6:44

3

Fri

3:14

1.3

4:40

1.1

10:35

0.0

10:19

0.4

7:37

6:44

4

Sat

3:41

1.4

5:33

1.1

11:19

9:53

-0.0

10:49

0.5

7:38

6:43

5

Sun

2:11

1.5

5:29

1.0

11:05

-0.1

10:17

0.5

6:39

5:42

6

Mon

3:46

1.5

6:32

1.0

11:56

-0.1

10:46

0.5

6:39

5:42

7

Tue

4:25

1.5

7:47

0.9

12:52 11:18

-0.1 0.6

6:40

5:41

8

Wed

5:11

1.5

9:20

0.9

1:54

-0.1

6:41

5:41 5:40

9

Thu

6:05

1.4

10:47

0.9

12:01

0.6

3:01

-0.0

6:42

10

Fri

7:17

1.3

11:35

0.9

1:29

0.6

4:11

0.0

6:42

5:40

11

Sat

8:59

1.1

3:46

0.6

5:16

0.1

6:43

5:39

12

Sun

12:08 10:53

1.0 1.0

5:39

0.5

6:11

0.2

6:44

5:39

13

Mon

12:36

1.1

12:23

1.0

6:55

0.4

6:57

0.2

6:44

5:38

14

Tue

1:02

1.1

1:34

1.0

7:51

0.2

7:36

0.3

6:45

5:38

15

Wed

1:26

1.2

2:32

1.0

8:37

0.1

8:08

0.3

6:46

5:38

16

Thu

1:48

1.3

3:23

1.0

9:16

0.0

8:36

0.4

6:47

5:37

17

Fri

2:09

1.3

4:08

0.9

9:52

-0.0

9:00

0.4

6:47

5:37

18

Sat

2:29

1.3

4:49

0.9

10:25

-0.1

9:23

0.5

6:48

5:37

19

Sun

2:52

1.4

5:29

0.9

10:58

-0.1

9:46

0.5

6:49

5:36

20

Mon

3:18

1.4

6:08

0.9

11:33

-0.1

10:12

0.5

6:50

5:36

21

Tue

3:48

1.4

6:50

0.8

12:09 10:42

-0.1 0.5

6:50

5:36

-0.1 0.5

12

Sun

9:40

1.6

11:23

1.6

4:44

1.0

5:16

0.3

6:44

5:40

13

Mon

11:10

1.5

11:49

1.7

6:00

0.8

6:02

0.5

6:45

5:39

14

Tue

12:21

1.5

6:56

0.5

6:41

0.6

6:46

5:39

15

Wed

1:19

1.5

7:42

0.3

7:13

0.7

6:47

5:38

16

Thu

12:35

1.9

2:10

1.4

8:21

0.1

7:41

0.8

6:47

5:38

17

Fri

12:56

1.9

2:55

1.4

8:57

-0.0

8:05

0.9

6:48

5:38

18

Sat

1:16

2.0

3:36

1.3

9:30

-0.1

8:28

1.0

6:49

5:37

19

Sun

1:39

2.0

4:16

1.3

10:03

-0.2

8:51

1.0

6:50

5:37

20

Mon

2:05

2.0

4:55

1.3

10:38

-0.2

9:17

1.1

6:50

5:37

21

Tue

2:35

2.0

5:37

1.2

11:14

-0.2

9:47

1.1

6:51

5:37

22

Wed

3:10

2.0

6:24

1.2

11:55

-0.1

10:27

1.1

6:52

5:37

23

Thu

3:49

1.9

7:17

1.2

12:40 11:21

-0.1 1.1

6:53

5:36

22

Wed

4:23

1.3

7:37

0.8

6:51

5:36

24

Fri

4:36

1.8

8:12

1.3

1:30

0.0

6:53

5:36

12:50 11:22

25

Sat

5:34

1.6

9:00

1.3

12:41

1.1

2:24

0.1

6:54

5:36

23

Thu

5:02

1.3

8:30

0.8

1:35

-0.0

6:52

5:36

26

Sun

6:51

1.5

9:40

1.4

2:21

1.1

3:19

0.2

6:55

5:36

27

Mon

8:26

1.3

10:15

1.5

3:56

0.9

4:12

0.3

6:56

5:36

28

Tue

10:01

1.3

10:46

1.6

5:09

0.7

5:01

0.4

6:56

29

Wed

11:23

1.3

11:16

1.7

6:08

0.4

5:46

0.5

12:34 11:47

1.3 1.8

6:58

0.1

6:27

0.6

30

12:13

Thu

GOLD

1.8

24

Fri

5:49

1.2

9:25

0.8

12:16

0.5

2:25

0.0

6:53

5:35

25

Sat

6:47

1.1

10:13

0.9

1:36

0.5

3:19

0.0

6:53

5:35

26

Sun

8:04

1.0

10:53

0.9

3:16

0.5

4:14

0.1

6:54

5:35

5:36

27

Mon

9:39

0.9

11:28

1.0

4:51

0.4

5:07

0.1

6:55

5:35

6:57

5:36

28

Tue

11:14

0.9

11:59

1.1

6:04

0.3

5:56

0.2

6:56

5:35

6:58

5:36

29

Wed

12:36

0.9

7:03

0.2

6:41

0.2

6:56

5:35

30

Thu

12:29

1.2

1:47

0.9

7:53

0.1

7:22

0.3

6:57

5:35

MOON

MINER

PAWN

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20400 Veterans Blvd, Port Charlotte FL 33954 www.underwaterfishlight.com

PUNTA GORDA/

SANIBEL/CAPTIVA

CHARLOTTE HARBOR

Punta Gorda, Charlotte Harbor Tides - Nov/2017

Captiva Island (outside) Tides - Nov/2017 26°29'N 82°11'W

HIGH

DATE

LOW

AM

ft

PM

ft

AM

ft

PM

ft

RISE

SET

1

Wed

10:39

2.3

10:34

2.5

4:20

0.7

4:25

0.8

7:37

6:47

2

Thu

11:32

2.3

10:58

2.7

5:02

0.4

4:58

1.0

7:38

6:46

3

Fri

12:24 11:25

2.3 2.9

5:44

0.1

5:28

1.2

7:38

6:45

4

Sat

1:17 10:55

2.2 3.0

6:28

-0.1

5:58

1.3

7:39

6:45

5

Sun

1:13 11:30

2.1 3.1

6:14

-0.3

5:26

1.5

6:40

5:44

6

Mon

2:16

1.9

7:05

-0.4

5:55

1.6

6:40

5:43

7

Tue

12:09

3.1

3:31

1.8

8:01

-0.3

6:27

1.7

6:41

5:43

8

Wed

12:55

3.0

5:04

1.8

9:03

-0.2

7:10

1.7

6:42

5:42

9

Thu

1:49

2.8

6:31

1.8

10:10

-0.1

8:38

1.8

6:43

5:42

10

Fri

3:01

2.5

7:19

1.9

11:20

0.1

10:55

1.7

6:43

5:41

11

Sat

4:43

2.3

7:52

2.0

12:25

0.3

6:44

12

Sun

6:37

2.1

8:20

2.1

12:48

1.4

1:20

0.4

13

Mon

8:07

2.1

8:46

2.3

2:04

1.0

2:06

0.6

14

Tue

9:18

2.0

9:10

2.4

3:00

0.7

2:45

0.8

15

Wed

10:16

2.0

9:32

2.5

3:46

0.4

3:17

16

Thu

11:07

1.9

9:53

2.6

4:25

0.1

17

Fri

11:52

1.9

10:13

2.7

5:01

18

Sat

12:33 10:36

1.8 2.8

19

Sun

1:13 11:02

20

Mon

21

Tue

22

Wed

12:07

23

Thu

24

MOON

26°56'N 82°4'W

HIGH

DATE

LOW

AM

ft

PM

ft

AM

ft

PM

ft

RISE

SET

8:15

0.5

8:20

0.6

7:37

6:45

1

Wed

1:37

1.8

2:05

1.7

2

Thu

2:00

1.9

2:58

1.7

0.3

8:53

0.7

7:38

6:45

3

Fri

2:24

2.0

3:50

1.7

9:39

0.1

9:23

0.8

7:39

6:44

4

Sat

2:51

2.1

4:43

1.6

10:23

8:57

-0.1

9:53

1.0

7:39

6:44

5

Sun

1:21

2.2

4:39

1.5

10:09

-0.2

9:21

1.1

6:40

5:43

6

Mon

2:56

2.3

5:42

1.4

11:00

-0.3

9:50

1.2

6:41

5:42

7

Tue

3:35

2.3

6:57

1.3

11:56

-0.2

10:22

1.2

6:41

5:42

8

Wed

4:21

2.2

8:30

1.3

12:58 11:05

-0.2 1.3

6:42

5:41 5:41

9

Thu

5:15

2.1

9:57

1.3

2:05

-0.0

6:43

10

Fri

6:27

1.9

10:45

1.4

12:33

1.3

3:15

0.1

6:44

5:40

5:41

11

Sat

8:09

1.7

11:18

1.5

2:50

1.2

4:20

0.2

6:44

5:40

6:45

5:40

12

Sun

10:03

1.6

11:46

1.6

4:43

1.0

5:15

0.3

6:45

5:39

6:45

5:40

13

Mon

11:33

1.5

5:59

0.8

6:01

0.5

6:46

5:39

6:46

5:40

1.0

6:47

5:39

14

Tue

12:12

1.7

12:44

1.5

6:55

0.5

6:40

0.6

6:46

5:38

3:45

1.1

6:48

5:39

15 Wed

12:36

1.8

1:42

1.5

7:41

0.3

7:12

0.7

6:47

-0.0

4:09

1.3

6:48

5:38

16

Thu

12:58

1.9

2:33

1.4

8:20

0.1

7:40

0.8

6:48

5:38

17

Fri

1:19

1.9

3:18

1.4

8:56

-0.0

8:04

0.9

6:49

5:37

5:34

-0.2

4:32

1.3

6:49

5:38

18

Sat

1:39

2.0

3:59

1.3

9:29

-0.1

8:27

1.0

6:49

5:37

1.8 2.8

6:07

-0.2

4:55

1.4

6:50

5:38

19

Sun

2:02

2.0

4:39

1.3

10:02

-0.2

8:50

1.0

6:50

5:37

20

Mon

2:28

2.0

5:18

1.3

10:37

-0.2

9:16

1.1

6:51

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resh water, salt water, mix it up, you got brackish. That is what we are still dealing with but the good news is there is clear water is on the horizon and the fishing is getting good. Yes, the flats on the east side and the west side are both looking good with schools of redfish and snook up under the mangroves. Now do not be surprised if you hook into a nice size sheepshead back under the mangroves on the flats. Wherever the mangroves have a depression/hole/pocket under them, the sheepshead are making it their house. They have set up camp and it may be a bit unheard of 5 years ago, but over the last few years this has become more common and I think it is a matter of food. The mangroves’ leaves fall into the water and as they break down, there is a mold which grows on the decaying mangrove leaves that the tiny crabs love to feed on, and the sheepshead, which may be having trouble finding food where they would normally hang out, have found the mangrove crabs. Funny how one thing affects each other thing. White bait is still what many people would like to use and for snook fishing it would be great. But I think you might wish to give pinfish a try for redfish. Redfish have been hitting shrimp and pinfish better this year. And then there is blue crab, cut or whole, which have been accounting for a bunch of hooked redfish. With the pinfish, try a float or popping cork and get the pinfish about 6 inches off the bottom. Hook the pinfish sideways across the body, just rear of center under the dorsal fin. The shrimp under a float is again a great way, but I would use a popping cork and slam that pop, don’t be shy about the pop. Another big thing over the last year has been lures under popping corks. The Drunk Baits, DOA shrimp, and even a RatL-trap have been very effective, when used under the popping cork and you work them just like you would a shrimp. I even like to put a bit of smell/scent on them. I use the Strike King Coffee flavor scent. Hey, for years my boat smelled like dead fish/crabs/ whatever scent, like Pro-Cure Blue crab scent. And maybe it does a tiny bit better, but my boat now smells like coffee with cream and sugar, one of my favorite things and I catch fish. So, Win-win best thing ever. Anyway, the fishing is very good but you have to look around and best part of that, there are not many people fishing and lots of room to look around, many places all by yourself. So, good fishing, less people and what are you waiting for. OK, if we all go, it will be crowded again, so disregard what I wrote. No fish and it is nasty out there. Fishin Frank

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such as pilchards and pinfish are great baits. If you aren’t able to get live bait, shrimp and cut bait will work great also. Probably one of the biggest movers this time of year will be Sea Trout. The cooling water will have these guys schooling up. Deep potholes on the flats will be holding good numbers of fish. Also, bars along the flats are great areas to locate fish. As the water cools, even more deeper water such as residential canals by Capt. Dave Stephens and creeks will see alot of action with trout. Live pilchards are he last few mornings I have noticed it’s been a little cooler. great baits, but shrimp on a jig head and popping cork will You can feel the weather pattern is beginning to change. work great also. Fall trout are great fish to get out the artificial Normally this time of year the water has begun to clear up more. on. Early morning topwater will be hot. As the sun gets higher Due to some storms, we are behind schedule. I have had some switch to jerk baits. situations when I found myself in an area that had some bad Fall fishing on Charlotte Harbor is a great time of year. So water. This can happen from the run off. The rains are starting to get out and experience some of the great fishing our area has to back off, so I don’t think this will be much of an issue any longer. offer. Overall our fall fishery should kick right back into gear. Snook fishing this time of year can be done in a variety of ways. The most popular is on the flats. As long as we don’t have some freak cold weather this month, the flats fishing will remain good. This time of year, I like to focus on areas that have deep water access. Another great snook fishery that is often over looked is residential canals. Snook seek deep water for the winter months. This is the month that a lot of these fish will be moving into these areas. Docks that have depth and moving current are the key places to locate fish. Live bait is going to get the best bite, but this time of year don’t overlook artificial lures. Some of my favorites are top water and jerk baits. Match the color to the water, darker water use dark colors. In clearer water use a lighter color. Red fishing has been good the past few weeks and should stay that way this month. Later in the month the creeks should If you would like to experience some of Southwest Florida’s finest fishing, give us a start holding more fish. On the lower tides work the deeper call or send an email. All of our charters are private and customized to fit you and creeks, as the tide comes in look for fish on the flats. Live bait your party’s needs. Capt. Dave Stephens 941-916-5769 www.backbayxtremes.com

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Fishing the Winter Waters by Capt. Mike Manis or the most part, this month marks the beginning of a Fcombined winter pattern. The combination of cyclical low tides with strong breezes associated with northern fronts

change everything. In addition to dropping the temperature, the predominant northerly winds also push water out of the harbor making low tides even lower. This is the time small shallow draft skiffs have an advantage, as many areas become just too difficult to navigate safely. Even with the shallower drafting skiffs, caution should be foremost as its way too easy to damage your boat as well as the shallow grass flats. In addition to changing the landscape, the weather is about to change the habits of our snook for a while. Being a sub-tropical species, they are particularly vulnerable to cold temperatures. They don’t like it when the water temperature drops below 70, and below 60 can be downright lethal. It’s possible we won’t see this extreme until next month, but you just never know. When the weather does cool, snook will begin moving off the flats and up creek and river systems where they can find more stable water temperatures. Redfish and trout aren’t bothered by the cold and they’ll stay out on the flats; or, what’s left of the flats on low water. Under these conditions, the fish will gravitate toward the sand holes that are mixed in with the sand and grass. On the higher tide stages, they’ll move around on the flats; but, when the water drops out, they’ll have no choice but to drop into the slightly deeper holes. Deeper is a relative term and on the flats in and around Charlotte Harbor, this can be measured in inches. These depressions are referred to as “potholes” and they’re much easier to find when the sun gets up a bit. It’s more or less like sight fishing. There are flats all over that contain this kind of bottom structure; however, my favorite areas also include good amounts of turtle grass. Three areas in particular, Lemon Bay and Gasparilla and Pine Island Sound hold some of my favorite flats.

On the flip side, there are going to be days where the wind lays down and that’s the perfect time to get out those boats that can’t navigate the skinny water. Pompano should be all over the hard bottom off Cape Haze Point and black drum are a good bet at the U.S. 41 Bridge. A piece of blue crab is great bait. All in all, it’s tough not to stick your nose out of one of the passes and idle around within a mile of the beach, between Boca Grande and Little Gasparilla Pass. Keep an eye out for birds; you’ve got a shot at kingfish, bonita, Spanish mackerel, big jacks and blacktip sharks. Until next month, good tides. Captain Michael Manis is a U.S.G.C. Licensed captain and has been teaching the sport of fly and light tackle angling since 2002. He lives in Punta Gorda, Florida and can be reached at www.puntagordaflycharters.com. 20 FORT MYERS | NOVEMBER 2017 | COASTALANGLERMAG.COM/FORT-MYERS/


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ooking a fish on fly gear is sometimes the easiest part of the game; what happens after the fish is hooked is probably more important. Nothing can demonstrate this more than clearing your fly line after a fish has been hooked. This is what I call the “hero-to-zero in three seconds.” Here is the scenario: you make a 50-foot cast to a school of tuna, a tailing bonefish or a string of tarpon. You begin stripping your fly back toward you, trying to snooker the fish into striking. The fish follows the fly within a few feet of the boat and then strikes. You

First, transfer your thinking from the fish to the line. This is easier said than done. Let the fish run; he’s hooked, and if you keep tension on him he’ll stay hooked. Do not lift your rod tip. Keep the rod angled at 90 degrees to allow line to slide through the guides. Do not hold the fly line. This practice will result in a broken tippet. Focus on clearing the line at your feet, while keeping a light grip on the line with your thumb and index finger. Allow line to run through your fingers until the fly line

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set the hook, and you’re tight to the fish. The fish makes a lighting-fast run away from the boat. You look down and discover there’s a large pile of fly line at your feet… now what? Clearing all that fly line from the deck or the stripping basket is now the most critical element in fighting the fish. Fly line tangled up in your feet or wrapped around a cleat on the deck will instantly result in a snapped tippet, and possibly a good line burn on your toes. All the work and patience that brought you to this moment will be a total loss if you can’t get the line cleared and the fish on the reel, and you only have a few seconds to do it.

is tight to the reel. This process may seem to take forever, but it actually takes but a few seconds. Once the fly line is on the reel, apply positive tension on the fish and begin to fight it. If, while clearing your line, you notice a knot, do not attempt to undo it. Allow the knot to travel through the guides. In most cases, the knot will not hinder the lineclearing process. Deal with the knot after you have landed the fish. Master the art of clearing the fly-line, and you’ll be considered a greater magician than David Copperfield. It’s the trickiest and most nerveracking three seconds in the sport.

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all and winter along Treasure Coast beaches offer up some of the finest fishing there is. Surf fishing is fun, fulfilling and best of all, can fill a freezer in a couple of trips. Whiting, pompano, croaker, bluefish and Spanish mackerel are prime targets. While none of these species will ever earn acclaim for their size, they earn high marks at the dinner table. The hours of the incoming tide and beginning of the outgoing tide are the best time to go. Seas don’t have to be flat calm, but there is a threshold where if the shorebreak is too heavy, it might not be worth the effort. Surf fishing is generally a modified form of bottom fishing. If the waves are too large and require too much lead weight to hold bottom, it makes it impractical to fish. Plus, fish move out beyond casting range when the water is too sandy near the beach. Tackle requirements include a long 9- to 12-foot rod. Some anglers prefer spinning reels, however, the professionals keep one or more conventional reels in play, which helps reduce the potential for line being “spun” up by jacks and bluefish. Light line is the norm, too, about 10-pound test, but no more than 15. Most use monofilament with 1/0 or 2/0 hooks in a double-hook rig. Small pieces of bait like clam strips, pieces of shrimp, sand fleas or artificial bait like Fish Bites work well, as many of the targeted species feed using scent. Using a clip swivel, hook on a sinker heavy enough to hold bottom. Sometimes that weight might be 2 ounces; sometimes it might be a Buick. Whiting are nice to catch, and croaker mix into the cooler just as well. Both produce white flaky fillets and can be prepared in any number of ways. Take the skin off the fillet and bread for frying. Or try a whiting Reuben on rye bread with cole slaw and Thousand Island dressing for a true delight. Bluefish are voracious predators that feed in schools reminiscent of toothy piranhas, except larger. They are fun to catch, peeling off line and pulling like a jack crevalle. The Florida state record was caught in Jensen Beach in 1972. It was a whopper of a chopper, weighing 22 pounds. Spanish mackerel are also a fan favorite, and both macks and blues can be caught with topwater plugs, large spoons like Krocodiles and fast-reeled jigs. Bluefish taste fishy. Spanish mackerel are flavorful, but are best day-of fresh, and not great otherwise. But pompano really draw the crowds. In case there is any question, stop by a fish market and check the price per pound, which hovers around $19.99. Pompano have a delicate, rich flavor and elegant texture. Fillet with the skin on, which leaves them perfect for grilling or broiling. Lemon and pepper and a little tartar sauce make for a great reward for taking one’s fishing rod to a Martin County beach. Ed Killer is an outdoors columnist with Treasure Coast Newspapers and the USA Today Network.

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eing from middle Tennessee, I was introduced to many diverse fisheries in my younger years. This area of the country has long been known for great smallmouth bass fishing, as it should be, but in my opinion it can’t compare to the smallmouth fishing in the Great Lakes region right now. I am certainly not bashing the smallmouth fishing down south, but fishing the Elite Series allows me to see some of the best lakes in the country, and the “good ole days” of smallmouth bass fishing on the Great Lakes is right now. Flowing out of Lake Ontario, the St. Lawrence River is one of my favorites on our schedule because it fishes similar to the rivers back home. The river has a lot of current, which positions the fish. The water is clear, and you can catch smallmouth from 2 feet deep all the way out to 60 feet. The St. Lawrence is absolutely full of smallmouth, and 30- to 40fish days are just another day on the water. In addition to the fishing, the area is also just an awesome place to spend time. Waddington, N.Y., which is our host city when we go, is in a very rural part of New York with lots of cropland and cattle farms. If you’ve not visited this fishery, I strongly suggest you do. Lake St. Clair is on fire right now. The final Elite Series tournament of the regular season was held there this year, and overall bass weights were absolutely phenomenal. The big smallmouth of the tournament weighed almost 7 pounds. In the past, tournaments on St. Clair were won by guys who ran to Lake Erie or Lake Huron, but not anymore. It seems now that St. Clair is the place to be. The style of fishing is different than most smallmouth destinations. Lake St. Clair is just a big bowl-shaped lake with a shipping channel running through the middle of it. That’s about the only real contour change on the whole lake. The big keys are

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Nearshore, warm and fertile Gulf waters coupled with numerous wrecks and reefs to create some of the most bountiful fishing Florida has to offer. With a short boat ride less than 8 miles off the beach, anglers can bottom fish or troll with family pleasing and cooler-filling consistency for amberjack, numerous snapper and grouper species, cobia, blackfin tuna, king and Spanish mackerel and more.

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Due south about 25 to 30 miles out, the continental shelf drops and there are multiple renowned hotspots, with some of the best big game fishing in the Gulf. South Florida seems to get most of the bright, hot spotlight when it comes to the big pelagics, but serious anglers out of the Emerald Coast quietly and consistently catch serious fish. Whether it’s a full-day trolling trip or an overnight expedition deep into the Gulf, dolphin, blue marlin, tuna and

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Gimme Six Extended Protection promo is applicable to new Suzuki Outboard Motors from 25 to 300 HP in inventory which are sold and delivered to buyer between 9/01/17 and 12/31/17 in accordance with the promotion by a Participating Authorized Suzuki Marine dealer in the continental US and Alaska to a purchasing customer who resides in the continental US or Alaska. Customer should expect to receive an acknowledgement letter and full copy of contract including terms, conditions and wallet card from Suzuki Extended Protection within 90 days of purchase. If an acknowledgement letter is not received in time period stated, contact Suzuki Motor of America, Inc. – Marine Marketing via email: marinepromo@suz.com. The Gimme Six Promotion is available for pleasure use only, and is not redeemable for cash. Cash Rebates apply to qualifying purchases of select Suzuki Outboard Motors made between 9/01/17 and 12/31/17. For list of designated models, see participating Dealer or visit www.suzukimarine.com. Customer and participating Dealer must fill out the appropriate rebate form at time of sale. Cash rebate will be applied against the original dealer invoice (Suzuki will credit Dealer parts account). There are no model substitutions, benefit substitutions, rain checks, or extensions. Suzuki reserves the right to change or cancel these promotions at any time without notice or obligation. * Financing offers available through Synchrony Retail Finance. As low as 5.99% APR financing for 60 months on new and unregistered Suzuki Outboard Motors. Subject to credit approval. Not all buyers will qualify. Approval, and any rates and terms provided, are based on credit worthiness. $19.99/month per $1,000 financed for 60 months is based on 5.99% APR. Hypothetical figures used in calculation; your actual monthly payment may differ based on financing terms, credit tier qualification, accessories or other factors such as down payment and fees. Offer effective on new, unregistered Suzuki Outboard Motors purchased from a participating authorized Suzuki dealer between 9/01/17 and 12/31/17. “Gimme Six”, the Suzuki “S” and model names are Suzuki trademarks or ®. Don’t drink and drive. Always wear a USCG-approved life jacket and read your owner’s manual. © 2017 Suzuki Motor of America, Inc.

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Coastal Angler Magazine - November / Fort Myers  
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Coastal Angler Magazine and our interior (freshwater) publication, The Angler Magazine, are monthly editions dedicated to fishing, boating,...